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Lyndsey Gillis is the varsity head coach and program director of the Mercer Island Girls’ Lacrosse program. Since her inaugural year with Mercer Island in 2017, she has led the Islanders to two state championships and was the 2017 WSLA Coach of the year. Lyndsey also coaches the elementary school program on Mercer Island where her eldest of three is a happy participant. She currently serves as an executive member to the WSLA board in her commitment to help grow the sport in the PNW. Over the past twelve years, Lyndsey has been passionate about supporting and aiding players in their pursuit of collegiate level lacrosse. She has successfully helped many student-athletes find homes at NCAA DI-III programs. 

Prior to taking the position on Mercer Island, Lyndsey directed the Seattle Starz girls’ program in addition to teaching and coaching at Seattle Preparatory school for six years. She also spent two seasons at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT as a teaching fellow where she coached varsity volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Washington in 2012 and her BS from Bowdoin College in 2008 where she was a dual sport athlete.  

    Bowdoin College, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2004-2008
Academic All-American 
Captain, 2008
3x NCAA tournament team 

    Arc Lacrosse Club, Founder and Head Coach, 2022-Present
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, Program Director and Varsity Head Coach, 2017-Present
Four-time Team Washington U19 and U15, Head Coach, 2014, 2019, 2022 
Seattle Starz, Program Director; Head Coach; HS Recruiting Advisor, 2012-2019
National Adrenaline All-American, Team 'North' Head Coach, 2018 
Under Armour West, Regional Coach, 2016
Seattle Preparatory School, Program Head, 2012-2016
Greenwich Academy, Varsity II Coach, 2008-2010


Caroline Edwards is from Akron, Ohio and started playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school. She graduated in 2016 as a four year varsity player and was a captain her senior year. She went on to play college lacrosse at the DI club level for the University of Cincinnati and served as captain for the Bearcats in 2019. She moved to the Seattle area in 2021 after graduating with a B.S. in Industrial Design. Caroline is grateful to have found such a strong and supportive girls lacrosse community here and was thrilled to complete her first season of coaching for the Mercer Island youth program in 2023. She is a wholehearted advocate for girls athletics and is passionate about developing great student athletes and young women while growing the sport of lacrosse.


Caroline has been a youth and high school girls' lacrosse coach in Washington since 2007. She grew up on Mercer Island and comes from a family of lacrosse coaches who are wholeheartedly determined on growing the game. Caroline experienced a career ending injury her senior year of high school which led her to discover her love for coaching. Over the past fifteen years, she has been passionate about creating a profoundly positive environment, focused on teamwork and dedicated to skill development. Caroline earned her BA from Seattle University in 2012, and completed her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Washington in 2019, both in support of her lifelong drive to help others grow. Currently, Caroline is a Systems Engineer in education for Apple. 

High School

Mercer Island High School
4 year varsity starter 2004-2008
3x All-Conference 2004-2007
MVP 2007
Captain 2008
Puget Sound Select 2006-2008

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2007-Present
 -10U, 14U, Mercer Island High School
 -Advanced and Development Camps
Vand’al Lacrosse 2022
Arc Lacrosse Club 2023


Maddy Hunter wrapped up her five-year career as one of the top all-around players for the NCAA DI, Arizona State Sun Devils. She was a part of the 2018 inaugural team. She has overcame adversity and emerged as a multi-year captain, becoming one of the faces of the program. Hunter played in 59 games as a midfielder: scoring 51 goals, dished out 19 assists, and caused 44 turnovers. She has also collected 94 ground balls and earned 125 draw controls, both totals put her Top-5 in program history. Hunter was also a Pac-12 All-Academic selection every year she was eligible. Along with experience in club coaching, she has provided private lessons for players of all positions. Her versatility in all ends of the field has equipped her with skills to help coach any player. Hunter has specialities in defensive, offensive, and draw circle (and taker) play. She earned an undergraduate degree in Medical Studies (BS) as well as a master’s degree in Healthcare Innovation (MHI). 

Arizona State University, NCAA DI 2017-22
Captain, 2019, 2020 and 2021
PAC-12 Honor Roll, 2021

Seattle Starz, 2019


Morgan is a Washington native, and a 2017 graduate of Aurora University in Aurora, IL. She was on the inaugural Mukilteo Lacrosse Club HS Girls team, and during her time in college, Danielle was on the inaugural AU Women’s Lacrosse team as a four-year starter, and captain her sophomore, junior, and senior years. The summer after her Junior year she played on the USA Athletes International Lacrosse team in the 2015 “Down Under Lacrosse Tournament” in Melbourne, Australia. She also made MWLC 1st Team All Conference for Defense and Midfield two years in a row. After receiving her B.A in Secondary Education and English, Danielle was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach for Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Now she coaches on Mercer Island where she is the JV Head Coach, a youth coach, and teacher at the middle school and high school. 


Aurora University, DIII Lacrosse, 2013-2017
-Captain 2014-2016
-MWLC All Conference 1st Team Defense 2015
-1st Team Midfield 2016
USA Athletes International 2015
-Down Under Lacrosse Tournament


Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, HS and Youth, Head Coach, 2018-Present
Arc Lacrosse Club 2023
Seattle Starz, Program Director and Head Coach, 2018-2022
ADVNC NDP, Head Coach, 2022-2025 
Lacrosse Northwest, Girls Assistant Program Director and head coach, 2017-2018
Pacific University, Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach, 2017-2018
Aurora Women’s Lacrosse, Student Assistant Coach/Manager, 2016-2017
Illinois Girls Lacrosse Club, Head Lacrosse Coach


Anabel Ohsman grew up in the Seattle area playing lacrosse for Snolax Girls Lacrosse from third grade through high school. She went on to play NCAA DIII lacrosse at Willamette University where she was a part of the 2019 inaugural team and was named team captain for the 2020 and 2021 season. Since graduating, Anabel began coaching for Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse at the 14U level.

Willamette University, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2018-2021
Second team All-Conference 2019, 2021
Captain, 2020-2021

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 14U Assistant Coach, 2022-Present
Arc Lacrosse Club 2022-Present
        Vand’al Lacrosse Club, 12U Coach, 2022
Snolax Girls Lacrosse, 8U Coach, 2017


Rachel is a Long Island native and Penn State University alumna who graduated in 2021. During her time at Penn State, she played varsity lacrosse for four years. In 2019, she joined Israel Lacrosse and competed in the European Championships, where her team finished in second place. Her lacrosse journey continued by becoming a member of the Women's National Team, she has since continued to make her mark as a member of the Women's National Team, playing in the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, AL, and dedicating time to coaching and promoting lacrosse in Israel. She holds an undergraduate degree in Media Studies.

Penn State University  NCAA DI 2017-2021
2x Academic All-Big Ten selection
Ranked No. 5 in the Big Ten in 2018

Liberty Lacrosse, 2018
Harlem Lacrosse, 2019
Hoboken Lacrosse, 2022-2023
Israel Lacrosse U20, 2023-2024


Saffron is a PNW native and started playing lacrosse in 6th grade as part of the first youth lacrosse program on Mercer Island. As varsity lacrosse captain, she graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2013. She continued her lacrosse career and attended the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. As a third year program, Mount Olive made their way to the Top 10 of Division II and won its first Conference Carolinas Championship her sophomore year. Saffron graduated from Mount Olive in 2017. She is now back coaching on Mercer Island where she assists the varsity program in offensive coordinating and goalie coaching. Her efforts have helped lead the Islanders to two state championships since 2019.

University of Mount Olive
-2x Second Team All Conference in 2016 & 2017
-Conference Carolinas Championship in 2015

Assistant Coach, MIHS, 2019-Present
Arc Lacrosse Club 2022-Present
Mercer Island Summer Camps 2010-2016
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse
-1st/2nd grade & 5th/6th grade in 2012 & 2013
-3rd/4th & 7th grade in 2018


Britt Starks grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO and picked up lacrosse on a whim in 9th grade. After quickly falling in love with the sport, she played for the varsity program for all four years of high school. In 2020, Starks graduated from Cornell College with a B.S. in secondary education and sociology. She was a dual-sport athlete competing for the Rams in volleyball and lacrosse from 2016-2020. As a teacher and coach, her philosophy focuses on athlete personal and team growth, both on and off the field. 

Cornell College
MWLC Conference All-Academic Team 2017-2020
MWLC All-Sportsmanship Team 2017-2018
Captain 2020
Program Season Assist Record 2018

Mercer Island Youth Program 2020-Present
Arc Lacrosse Club 2022-Present
Seattle Starz Youth Program 2021-2022
Mercer Island High School JV Volleyball 2020-Present


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